Preterm Labor Scare

At about 1:00 this morning, I suddenly had menstrual cramps and low back pain reminiscent of a bad period.  I was already laying in bed, so I figured I’d just keep trying to fall asleep and maybe they’d go away.  An hour later, they still were bad and keeping me awake so I decided to call my clinic’s 24-hour nurse line.  Their concern scared me a bit and they gave me the number of the birth center at the local hospital.  The nurse that I spoke with really freaked me out when she said that her gut reaction is that I need to come in immediately, but that I should consult the OBGYN on-call before doing so.  I was patched through to her shortly after 2am and she instructed me to drink lots of water and lay down to see if it would go away.  If it didn’t, I would need to come into the hospital.

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